Lessons discovered: Barty displays on previous Aus Open tilts

Ash Barty will be the Australian Open’s top girls’s seed for the third-straight yr as she bids to finish the nation’s 44-year title drought

Australian Open title favorite Ash Barty hasn’t forgotten the “tough lessons” she discovered from defeats at Melbourne Park the previous three years after reaching the second week.

The world’s greatest participant returns to her dwelling grand slam with a freshly minted Wimbledon title to her title, to go with the French Open championship she received in 2019.

Barty is the No.1 seed for a third-straight yr – a feat she is unfazed about – as she bids to surpass her semi-final run in 2020 that was sandwiched between two other quarter-finals.

In other phrases, she’s been agonisingly near attaining what no native has completed since Chris O’Neil turned the primary unseeded girls’s participant to win the Australian Open in 1978.

Australia’s had a lot of nice gamers given some likelihood of title glory lately: Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter, Mark Philippoussis, Sam Stosur, Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic.

Hewitt famously made the 2005 last, the final time any Australian has gone that far. Before him, it was Pat Cash in 1988.

That vital drought is why Barty has such a deep understanding and appreciation of what it might imply to the nation, and her, if she was in a position to go all the way in which.

“I can’t do any more than I can try,” she mentioned.

“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. I just have to hope that everyone understands that I’m giving it my best crack.

“It doesn’t always work out exactly how you want to, but you go about it the right way, you do the right things and try and give yourself the best chance.

“That goes for all the other Aussies as well and everyone else in the draw.”

Barty’s Australian Open semi-final loss two years in the past to eventual champion Sofia Kenin stays the hardest of her profession, given she went down in two tight units however had probabilities to win in the identical style.

Then final yr, after once more successful a lead-in title, she charged into the ultimate eight with out dropping a set earlier than claiming the opening set 6-1 towards Karolina Muchova.

Barty additionally went a break up within the second set, after which Muchova took a controversial 10-minute medical time-out as a result of her “head was spinning”.

That proved a vicious turning level, with the Czech successful 11 of the final 14 video games – and the match.

“You have to be able to take learnings from every experience and that’s certainly been no different here in Australia,” Barty mentioned.

“I’ve had some pretty tough lessons, but also some incredible moments. A few stick out in my brain more than others; both the tough ones and the good ones.

“I’ve been so extremely fortunate here in Australia to have had the opportunity to learn so much. Hopefully, that puts me in good stead for another year and another crack here.”

Barty received final week’s Adelaide singles and doubles titles earlier than withdrawing from Sydney to journey to Melbourne early.

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